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A New Multi-spectral Imaging System for Examining Paintings
  DOI :  10.2352/CGIV.2004.2.1.art00047  Published OnlineJanuary 2004

A new multi-spectral system developed at the National Gallery is presented. The system is capable of measuring the spectral reflectance per pixel of a painting. These spectra are found to be almost as accurate as those recorded with a spectrophotometer; there is no need for any spectral reconstruction apart from a simple cubic spline interpolation between measured points. The procedure for recording spectra is described and the accuracy of the system is quantified. An example is presented of the use of the system to scan a painting of St Mary Magdalene by Crivelli. The multi-spectral data are used in an attempt to identify some of the pigments found in the painting by comparison with a library of spectra obtained from reference pigments using the same system. In addition, it is shown that the multi-spectral data can be used to render a colour image of the original under a chosen illuminant and that interband comparison can help to elucidate features of the painting, such as retouchings and underdrawing, that are not visible in trichromatic images.

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Haida Liang, David Saunders, John Cupitt, Mohamed Benchouika, "A New Multi-spectral Imaging System for Examining Paintingsin Proc. IS&T CGIV 2004 Second European Conf. on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision,  2004,  pp 229 - 234,

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